Summary: for some reason , UPS left it on the front steps with no signature. In full view right out on the street. Whats up with that? Unacceptable. Does NE have some low cost shipping arrangement where no sig is required?
Pros: 3T of storage for $98 smackeroos. shipped free. Appears to be an Hitachi drive inside - I'm very happy with that. This drive is dead silent, and cool to the touch. Letting it run 24/7 for a 30 day torture treatment. Case is solid and rugged. Feels substantial.
Summary: It was supposed to be new. But it is clearly a preowned unit. I needed to change the permission status of the drive to allow my machine to write into it. It had somebody else's name on it for the read and write privilege. Still working on getting it to work. Now that I read other reviews, I might return it. There's probably a reason why it's so inexpensive.
Summary: I bought two of these for my computers. Three of my computers are running XP. Yea, Yea, I know XP is dead. These drives don't work with Windows XP. They work great with my one machine that is running Windows 7. I am keeping them because I will be changing operating systems on the older computers. I still wish it would have been more clear that they would not work with XP.
Summary: Sadly, this Buffalo was a Turkey. After several hours of moving files to it, it Failed, and could Not be recognized by either of my computers. Buffalo suggested that I download, install and run their Formatter...It would not recognize the drive! Pity...3TB for $100 was a deal...but I see now that the price is $149!! I'll pass.
Summary: The unit was instantly picked up by my computer. I formatted it into 2 partitions . On that I use for making Acronis Trueimage storage area , the other just for manual backups of data . The drive works quite well . Runs faster than I actually expected from a USB 3 drive. All in all , I am quite happy with this drive and I will be purchasing another to use as network attached storage through my router.
Summary: Buffalo makes a great drive, but hard drives characteristically have a 5-10% failure rate in the first 3 months due to the mechanical parts "burning in" to run smoothly or failing completely. Mine lasted 75 days and then died, motor wouldn't even spin up (so, I lost the data, but did have a backup fortunately). I went to return the item and found the message to the effect "NO RETURNS AFTER 30 DAYS".
Summary: If the manufacturer reads this: My documentation, what very little there is, names this device the HD-LCU3 with a scu: 35020183-01. So if you did want to reach out to me.....
Pros: USB 3.0 and 3TB
Cons: Like I said in the Title there doesn't seem to be any customer service for this product. So I tried to get the thing running but it doesn't come with an application to do that?? I sent an email out for some help, a little over a week ago, and there has been no reply. I personally feel a week is certainly long enough for a reply. I'd stay clear of this product for now. I mean, it's probably an ok unit but if the manufacturer is refusing to support it, well then.......